Vault Couture: Helping travelers rediscover their wardrobes
For most travelers, a suite of steamer trunks isn’t practical outside of a round-the-world cruise and more’s the pity. Far more common is stuffing a suit or gown into a garment bag, knowing that it will have to be steamed or pressed when it is unpacked. A solution...  more
Owning an island in Australia is more attainable than you think
There is great selection of islands for sale around the world right now, in all shapes and sizes. Private Islands’ website lists more than 600, up from 500 in 2014. Several of those properties are off the coast of Australia, situated in the warmer waters of the South...  more
Get suited by the best bespoke tailor on earth
Bespoke is applied by marketers to just about anything—audio products, automobiles, bicycles, haircuts—but in fashion it reflects a suit “cut entirely by hand,” as the best tailors in London and Naples make them. Bloomberg Pursuits writer David Coggins had a bespoke...  more
The bespoke tailors broadening their global reach
It may be the last gasp of formal dressing or it could be the leading edge of a shift away from business casual, but more European custom tailors are visiting more cities around the world. According to Simon Crompton, “in the past five years, a new tranche of...  more
<em>Pssst!</em> Wanna buy a $20 million mansion?
When shopping for a home, who you know will lead you to the best real estate, since many properties don’t show up in an agent’s window, let alone on the multilisting service. This is especially true in high-end markets like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C...  more
You can buy a Czech castle for a song
If castles in Spain are scarce this year, consider expanding your search to the Czech Republic, where the country’s history favors buyers who appreciate a noble heritage. By one estimate the Czech Republic has “2,000-plus castles and chateaux, the legacy of a...  more
Private cybercrime prevention ramps up
The numbers are staggering: By one estimate, nearly 594 million people around the world lost at least $150 billion to cybercrime in 2015. Fortunately, you can defend yourself, your family, and your business from hackers thanks to security consultants who make house...  more
How to smartly hire household help
The best way to hire domestic staff may be to rely on recommendations from friends, but when that is not possible, you must pay attention to compliance issues, which vary from state to state, and carry out due diligence, which is universal. Background checks, for...  more
AIG launches couture insurance for clothes and shoes
In the category of “why didn’t someone think of this before?” AIG is offering insurance on clothing, shoes, and handbags. The inspiration for the offering came when one of the company’s agents saw “150 Hermès Birkin handbags in a client’s wardrobe,” according to Ron...  more
Me and my favourite… bespoke tailor
There is something special about a custom-made suit, but if you have your doubts about whether it is worth it, listen to a testimonial from a custom tailor’s client: “Of course, the great thing about having suits made by a tailor is that if you choose well in terms...  more
Good ethics are now the real definition of luxury
Luxury isn’t what it used to be. Consumers didn't much care about where luxury products came from, but now people want more information. “They want to know that buying something lovely isn’t merely a self-indulgent gesture but makes the world a better place (apart from...  more
You just bought a private island. Now what?
Thinking about buying a tropical island? Not so fast. On the way to turning it into an idyllic retreat, there are a myriad of pitfalls. Take it from who knows: Doug Kulig, CEO of architectural firm OBMI. He shared the steps it takes to make an island inhabitable with...  more
Second home hotspots, bargains
The financial crisis and its aftermath taught everyone a lesson that has to be learned over and over again: Real estate is no more reliable an investment than any other asset. If further evidence were needed, Penta Daily reporter Robert Milburn cites two recent reports...  more
Ibiza’s houses for all seasons
The option of commuting from Ibiza to London is an unexpected side effect of technology, as Caroline McGhie reports in this story for How To Spend It magazine. Internet service and wintertime direct flights to London offer an alternative to a house in the English...  more